public enemy of a foreign country, and certainly none the less to men who in time past had been honored and trusted by the American
people as among their illustrious citizens, and whose dishonor, therefore, was a stain upon the honor of the nation.
I am sorry to have to add in conclusion, that although the intelligence of the country very rapidly came to a just judgment, as to the “evidence in the Bureau
of Military Justice
,” and with instinctive sense of right and honor revolted at the perjuries by which President Johnson
was deceived, and led to proclaim such men dishonored felons, that his Excellency
allowed the charges of that proclamation to stain the records of the government for nearly three years; the proclamation not being withdrawn until in 1868.